Established in 1992, the National Science Center is found in Delhi, India standing next to Pragati Maidan’s Gate 1 with great views of the Purana Qila, the inner citadel of the city of Dina-panah. The Science Center of New Delhi is the northern zonal headquarters of the National Council of Science Museums of NCSM, which was one of the three museums, inspired by the vision of Dr. Bidhan Chandra Ray who the primary Chief Minister of West Bengal. Building these museums was then encouraged by Jawaharlal Nehru, the earliest prime minister of India.
The National Science Centre functions as an autonomous organization under India’s Ministry of Culture. The center aims to promote science to the general public at large with focus on young people and students. Their greatest objective is to achieve scientific literacy in the entire country through organizing various educational programs that will benefit students, teachers and eventually the society. The National Science Centre also provides training for teachers in support of curriculum-based education in schools, particularly in the college level. They also offer demonstrations regarding the progress and achievement in different fields of science and technology. Their goal is to preserve the country’s scientific and technological heritage.
There are seven notable exhibition galleries found in the National Science Centre. The Science and Technology Heritage Gallery features 4,500 years of history and other marveling Indian scientific and technological discoveries such as the concept of zero, the cube root, the square root and the golden rule of three. This gallery tackles the meaning of constellations and how Indian astronomers interpret special messages through tracking the movements of stars and celestial bodies. The basis for Ayurveda and other traditional Indian medicine are also featured in this gallery alongside the progress in the fields of science and technology in India throughout the years until the present.
The Water: Elixir of Life gallery features the impact of climate change to water and the consequences of water pollution brought by human societies to the environment and ecosystem. It also tackles the many characteristics of water.
The Pre-Historic Life gallery, on the other hand features 50 exhibits featuring numerous species of life forms in different stages such as Giant Scorpions, dinosaurs, Trilobites and many more. This gallery aims to answer questions regarding the evolution of certain animals and how they became what we know of them now.
In the Information Revolution Gallery, the gallery boasts of 111 exhibits that tackle the evolution of communication technology that spans over 6,000 years in India. It also features the digital information revolution, the computer age, the second industrial revolution and the information age.
The Fun Science gallery has 137 exhibits ideal for young students. It features interactive hands-on exhibits created in the Keep It Simple, Make It Fun method or better known as the KISMIF method.
In their Emerging Technologies gallery, 66 exhibits feature expectations of what the future has in store for mankind with regard to technological advancements and science. It also tackles space travel, oceanography, earth sciences, agricultural technology, nanotechnology and many more.
The Human Biology gallery is the latest addition to the National Science Centre. Housing 118 exhibits in approximately 1,724 square meters of area, this gallery aims to clear myths and false beliefs about the human body. They also tackle concepts involving genetic engineering and biotechnology.
With the seven exhibition galleries found in the National Science Centre, visitors will be appalled to find out the extensive information India has gathered throughout the years. The museum can then attest to the long history India possesses and the broad information India has shared to the world.